Nation reflects on Baptism of Christ with broadcast from St. David’s Cathedral

St. David’s Cathedral was once more in the spotlight this morning with Mass of the Baptism of the Lord being broadcast on BBC Radio 4 ‘Sunday Worship’ programme.

The live broadcast meant it was an early start for the young choristers from St John’s College, who make up the Metropolitan Choir, and had followed a four-hour rehearsal the previous day.
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Under conductor Dominic Neville, the choir gave a splendid performance and, according to one listener showed themselves to be one of the best cathedral choirs in the country, highlighted during the Mass by a most moving Communion Motet ‘Os Justi’ (Anton Bruckner).  They were accompanied on the organ by Dr. David Neville.
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The Dean of the Cathedral, Canon Peter Collins, introduced the broadcast and presided at the celebration of this great Feast.  Archbishop George Stack gave the homily focusing on the imposing character of St. John the Baptist and how the Baptism he imparted was more than a ritual cleansing.  It marked a change in the way of life of the one being baptised.  With John the last of the Old Testament prophets and Jesus the link who brings to fulfilment everything the Old Testament contains the Baptism we enter into within the Church marks a new way of life, through the action of the Holy Spirit, to a new life in Christ.
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First Ordination to Priesthood in 7 years takes place

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On Wednesday 2nd July at 6:30pm, Archbishop George Stack held the first ordination to the priesthood of a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in front of a strong congregation at St David’s Cathedral.

Rev. Bernard Sixtus was ordained to the Diaconate back in January and has since been working as the Diocesan Director of Religious Education for Schools. This ordination also marks the first priesthood ordination within the diocese in 7 years.

Among those present at the ceremony were Msgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Ordinariate, Fr Bernard’s Family and representatives from the Church in Wales parish Fr Bernard last served.

We wish Fr Bernard well as he continues his work within the diocese and takes on a pastoral role serving the parish of Usk.

Ad Multos Annos!

Dutch choir sings Mass at Cardiff Cathedral

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On Saturday 28th June the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul had a different tone. The usual congregation was joined by 150 members of Gemengd Koor’s-Hertogenbosh choir from the Netherlands.

The group were visiting the U.K. to commemorate Armed Forces Day and offered their services to the Dean of St David’s Cathedral. Canon Collins took the opportunity and invited the choir to sing at the Vigil Mass for the Solemnity of Ss Peter and Paul.

The Gemengd Koor’s-Hertogenbosh group is made up of men and women aged between 60-80 years of age with connections to the armed forces.

Archbishop joined by new Catholics to celebrate the birthday of the Church

The Solemnity of Pentecost not only marks the end of the Easter season within the Church, but also recalls the first Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples and the Christian Church came to birth.  At a special Mass held at St David’s Cathedral this afternoon, Archbishop George Stack was joined by those new Catholics who were baptised into the Church or received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church at Easter to mark the celebration of Pentecost.

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The Mass was both an intimate and memorable event.  In his homily the Archbishop recalled the importance of memory and re-membering in our lives, and remarked that the journey they have made to the Catholic Church is unique and important.  In a way their experience of the Holy Spirit in their lives bringing them to the Church has brought them to a profound relationship with Christ and his Church that is gradually revealed to us ‘Cradle Catholics’.

Following the Mass the Archbishop presented the new Catholics with a copy of ‘YouCat’, a synopsis of the Catechism of the Catholic Church compiled during the pontificate of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and some prayer cards.  Refreshments were served at the Cornerstone.

Congratulations to all the new members of the diocesan and Catholic family.

Photo Gallery: Mass for New Catholic 2014

Cardinal’s Master of Ceremonies to host training day for MCs and Senior Servers

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On Saturday 5th July, Mr Paul Moynihan, MC to Cardinal Vincent Nichols, will be visiting the Diocese to hold a training day for MCs and Senior Servers of parishes throughout the Diocese.  The day will begin at 10:30am at St David’s Cathedral, Cardiff and will be split between the Cathedral and the Cornerstone.

Paul is a very experienced MC and server from Westminster Cathedral.  It promises to be a great day with talks and practical demonstrations.  For more information or to reserve a place please contact the Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Fr Mark Rowles on  01443 473710 or email parishof_maryimmaculate@yahoo.co.uk

Ordination to the priesthood

Rev. Dr. Bernard Sixtus and Archbishop George

Wednesday 2nd July will be an historic day in the life of the Diocese of Cardiff with the Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Bernard Sixtus. He will be ordained for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the first such ordination in the Diocese. Rev.  Sixtus currently works as the Diocesan Religious Education Inspector for schools and will also exercise ministry in the parish of St. David Lewis and St. Francis
Xavier, Usk.

The ordination will take place at St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff, at 6.30pm in the presence of Mgr. Keith Newton and former members of the Anglican Communion who are now members of the Ordinariate. It  will be followed by a reception in The Cornerstone.

Bernard Sixtus, his wife and family will continue to live in Abergavenny.  There is an open invitation for members of the Diocesan family to chare in the joy of this ordination of a new priest.

Mass for New Catholics

 Archbishop George

Sunday 8th June is the Feast of Pentecost, when we celebrate the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles following the Ascension
of Jesus into heaven. Pentecost is traditionally regarded as the Feast of the Birthday of the Church. 

On this day Archbishop George will preside over a a special Mass of Thanksgiving at St. David’s Cathedral for New Catholics and those received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil throughout the Diocese. Family, friends and sponsors are also welcome to participate in this joyful occasion. The Mass will be at 3.00pm and will be followed by refreshments at The cornerstone opposite the Cathedral.

A good way to celebrate Pentecost!